[Tagging] Subtag for place=locality?

Warin 61sundowner at gmail.com
Mon Apr 15 07:23:25 UTC 2019

 From the original start of place=locality

/All current place tags are for either populated areas, or for larger 
areas of County sized or bigger. The place=locality tag is useful for 
places that have a specific name, but do not necessarily have any 
geographic feature or population centre that could be used to attach a 
name tag to. /

That to me suggest that places that locality can be a place that had 
population, or places that did not have a population.

But, I agree, that places that had a population would be better tagged 
disused:/abandonded: place=hamlet/town/village/city

I think that can go on the wiki for locality... under 'when not to use' 
with the others there.
On 15/04/19 17:03, Martin Koppenhoefer wrote:
> sent from a phone
> On 15. Apr 2019, at 03:55, Joseph Eisenberg 
> <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com <mailto:joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com>> wrote:
>> The most important value would be one for a locality that is a former
>> populated place but no longer has a population.
> I’ve always understood the population part of the locality tag 
> definition as a way of saying the place name does not relate to a 
> settlement or dwelling (but it doesn’t necessarily mean nobody is 
> living around there, it means this name is not for an inhabited 
> place). A generic tag for a place name/ toponym, to be used where no 
> specific tag has yet been developed.
> (e.g. we have specific tags for toponyms that refer to mountain peaks, 
> wetlands, lakes, islands, deserts, caves, settlements, etc. so we 
> don’t use locality for them)
> I’m not sure I’d support locality subtags, for lots of things a main 
> tag might be more fitting with the established tagging system, but it 
> depends on the actually proposed values.
> For ghost towns (settlements) I’ve found a lot tagged as
> abandoned:place=hamlet/village/town
> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/keys/abandoned:place#values
> which seems inline with the rest of our tagging and is by far more 
> frequent than any “ghost” variations.
> Cheers, Martin
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